A walk through a winter wonderland isn’t complete without sleds, snowmen, and snowballs.
Yet, is making a snowball as easy as it sounds?
Snowballs that crumble mid-air won’t take down a snow fort nor win an epic winter battle.
Learn how to make a snowball that will catch your winter nemesis off-guard!
What Is Ideal Snowball Snow?
Yes, perfect snowball snow does exist. Ideally, you want a mix of wet and dry snow. Similar to sandcastles, the snow must stick together enough to maintain its shape.
However, unlike sand, adding water to dry snow will only melt the snow and freeze over. Snowballs that are too dry crumble, while wet snowballs just turn into mush. When slushy snowballs harden, they turn rock-hard, which is dangerous.
Understanding winter temperatures can help you predict the snow type.
For example, frigid-cold days produce more powdery snow. This snow texture is perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Yet, it’s not so great for safe, long-lasting snowballs.
Slightly warmer winter days produce perfect snow for snowmen and snowballs.
How to Make a Snowball With Any Snow
Of course, you can’t have perfect snowball-making conditions every day. Thus, colder days with powdery snow require more packing than warmer days. Snowball-packing toys also help.
Snow textures also vary within areas. For example, snow near streetlamps, streets, and heat lamps are better for packing. If you’re playing in a snow-covered recreational field, look for areas illuminated by outdoor lights.
You can also pack powdery snowballs with your bare hands. Hands generate enough heat to create a decent snowball, but you’ll dry out your hands. Of course, packing snowballs with mittens is a struggle.
If you insist on making snowballs with your hands, wear winter gloves. You need enough dexterity to pack and launch your snowballs quickly.
Next, dig past the surface and grab a handful of snow. Snow sitting right under the surface is already pre-packed and filled with enough moisture. Surface snow may be too powdery.
Grab two fistfuls of snow, squishing them together to form one mass. Twist the mass in your hands until you form a near-perfect snow sphere. Apply steady pressure as you rotate your hands to form a snowball.
Be gentle as you start forming the snowball. Consistent pressure is good, but squishing your snow too much may cause your snowball to crumble in your hands. Keep forming the ball until you feel a little resistance.
Lastly, smooth out your snowball’s surface with your hands. This trick will help your snowballs fly further in the air.
Launching Your Snowballs
Your snowball is ready to launch. If you’re not a strong thrower, you can always launch snowballs with a launcher toy.
You could create DIY sling-shots or mini cannons. Snowball blasters are also available from sporting goods stores.
You don’t even need real snow to enjoy a fun snowball fight. Fake snowballs are available for easy (and dry) winter fun all year round.
Get Ready for Winter
You’re not going to win this year’s snow fight with weak, crumbly snowballs!
Learn how to make a snowball with this simple guide to packing and launching snow.
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